Drugs stash found in Ipswich woman’s flat

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court - Credit: Archant

An Ipswich woman who had more than 260 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine in her living room when police raided the premises, has been found guilty of allowing her flat to be used for the supply of drugs.

Sian Padmore, 22, of Foxhall Road, Ipswich, was also found guilty by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday of two offences of possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply.

She had denied all three charges.

Sentence was adjourned until December 1 for a pre-sentence report.

During Padmore’s two-day trial, the court heard that police officers who went to her flat on July 10 were forced to ram open the front door after she shut it to stop them entering.

Padmore was standing outside the front door of her flat smoking a cigarette when police officers appeared from an alleyway at the side of the property. The court heard that when Padmore saw the officers she shut the front door, which had been ajar, forcing the officers to use a battering ram to gain entry.

Upstairs in the flat was a 16-year-old boy, who was arrested after officers discovered a glasses case behind a cushion on a sofa containing wraps of heroin and crack cocaine.

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The court heard that the 16-year-old had pleaded guilty to possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply. Giving evidence during the trial Padmore said she had been a heroin user but denied she had been dealing drugs from her flat.

However, she admitted deliberately trying to obstruct the police by shutting the front door to delay them going upstairs to her flat

She also accepted that she had lied to police after her arrest when she told them she hadn’t deliberately shut the door.

However, she denied a suggestion from prosecution counsel Richard Potts that she lied when it suited her.

“You were dealing in drugs and you knew what was going on in your home was drug dealing. That’s why the police had to deal with a shut door rather than an open door,” said Mr Potts to which Padmore replied “No”.

She accepted that the 168 wraps of heroin and 100 wraps of crack cocaine found in her flat could have been sold for a £10 a wrap for a total of more than £2,600.